Batman v Superman and Justice League director, Zack Snyder, has declared that Ben Affleck is the best Batman of all time.
When Ben Affleck was first cast as Batman there was a huge backlash against the idea. People were not happy, not one bit. But then Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came out and audiences agreed on one thing: Ben Affleck was great as Batman. His performance as DC Comics’ iconic superhero was one of the film’s real strongpoints – arguably the only one. Zack Snyder obviously thought so as well since he’s recently claimed that Affleck is the best Batman ever.
September 23rd just so happened to be National Batman Day (who knew), and Snyder posted a very positive message on the Vero app (via The Wrap), in which he claimed that Ben Affleck is the best Batman ever. “Happy Batman day, #batfleck [is] the best Batman ever,” he wrote. You can check out his post below.
That’s a pretty bold claim to make, especially considering the number of great actors who have played the Dark Knight. Adam West, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale and most recently Ben Affleck. They all have their strong and weak points. I would say that Affleck’s portrayal is certainly among the best ever, however I have an undying love of Michael Keaton’s Batman, and Christian Bale’s wasn’t half bad either, although the voice was a bit jarring.
One name not on that list was Kevin Conroy’s who voiced Batman in the animated Batman series and Rocksteady’s Arkham video games. I would definitely put his name among the best portrayals of the Caped Crusader. We should also not forget Will Arnett’s depiction of the character in the LEGO movies, which is a unique and hilarious take on Gotham’s Dark Knight.
That said, Ben Affleck did deliver a pitch perfect performance both as Batman and as Bruce Wayne, and considering the fact that so many people were so fervently against his casting to beginning with, he did incredibly well in proving the naysayers wrong. The only problem with his version of Gotham’s multibillionaire vigilante was the film itself, and that’s not down to him. Hopefully Justice League will be a better movie than Batman v Superman.
We’ll get to see Affleck’s Batman again in Justice League, yet there’s still some uncertainty regarding his future in the role. We’re still not sure whether he’ll actually be in Matt Reeve’s Batman movie, which Affleck was originally supposed to write, direct and star in.
Justice League will be in UK cinemas on November 17th, 2017.